Offshore renewable news for May 2014

Research shows windfarms do not affect house prices, 63% of MP's behind renewables and MIT's speedy, squishy fishbot....the offshore renewable related news for May 2014. Organised into the news categories...

Company News, Data, Energy Storage, Environmental Impact, Funding, Events, Innovation, Marine Bioenergy, Planning, Policy, Renewable Energy, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind Energy and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, drones and robots

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Company News

Alstom wind ‘spin-off’ under GE bid 1 May 2014

La Caisse Invests in London Array 6 May 2014

GDF Team Wins French Offshore Wind Tender 8 May 2014

Boralex eyes European offshore 8 May 2014

UK Companies Unite to Maximise Tidal Lagoon Industry Potential 12 May 2014

Wpd Takes Legal Action over French Offshore Wind Tender Decision 20 May 2014

National Trust installs Britain's biggest marine-source heat pump 22 May 2014

Nautricity earns tidal power contract 23 May 2014

Fusion Marine Playing Crucial Role in Ground-breaking H2OCEAN Project 23 May 2014

Cornish marine energy company expands into France 27 May 2014



DECC’s Public Attitude Survey Shows 77% Support for Offshore Wind 1 May 2014

Shipwreck Map of Scotland Published as Maritime Record Enhanced 1 May 2014

OceanWise Extends Marine Mapping Dataset 2 May 2014

Hypnotic Nasa Video Shows Ocean Currents 5 May 2014

DECC Creates Interactive Map of Renewables Investment and Jobs 6 May 2014

US DoE drive on wind awareness 6 May 2014

Forewind Showcases Virtual Dogger Bank 8 May 2014

Blue economy: EU lists targets to promote more investment in marine research 9 May 2014

Narec’s KTP Project to Develop Monitoring Techniques for Tidal Turbines 13 May 2014

GRS Launches New Website 14 May 2014

Fundy Tidal Gets Funds for Collaborative Marine Life Observation Program 19 May 2014

SEPA to Map Scotland’s Marine Environment 20 May 2014

Tethys: A Robust Source of Information on Marine Energy, Offshore Wind Projects 21 May 2014

A robust source of information on marine energy, offshore wind projects 22 May 2014

Funding for North Sea seabed mapping project 22 May 2014

Science Graphic of the Week: Monitoring Ocean Waves From Space 22 May 2014

Natural Power Surveys Marine Life at Robin Rigg 23 May 2014

‘Ernest Shackleton’ Joins Seabed Survey at Gwynt y Môr OWF 29 May 2014

MESL to Undertake Environmental Survey at Sheringham Shoal 29 May 2014


Energy Storage

Energy Storage Test Center Opens In New York 1 May 2014

Pistol fired on German storage pilot 15 May 2014

A new solution for storing hydrogen fuel for alternative energy 21 May 2014

Storing wind-generated electricity as fuels means catalysts must avoid low energy states 29 May 2014

UniEnergy Launches Grid Energy Storage System 30 May 2014


Environmental Impact

Can Radar Really Predict Risk To Birds And Bats At Wind Projects? 1 May 2014

Offshore Renewable Energy Sites Provide New Habitat for Marine Species 2 May 2014

Swedish Scientists Study OWF Impact on Marine Wildlife 5 May 2014

New Measures to Minimize Impacts of OWF Construction on North Atlantic Right Whales 8 May 2014

UK, Denmark to Study Bird Collision Risks at OWFs 9 May 2014

Deepwater Wind initiative to protect endangered whales 12 May 2014

SWBSG Develops Good Practice Guide for Wind Farms alongside Birds 13 May 2014

RSPB Calls for Bird Protection at Offshore Wind Farm Sites 15 May 2014

Ship re-routes cut offshore costs 19 May 2014

Bird and Marine Mammal Surveys Underway at First Flight Wind’s Site 19 May 2014

Altering shipping routes for offshore wind development could save billions 20 May 2014

UNESCO: Navitus Bay OWF Might Threaten Jurassic Coast 26 May 2014



Pension Funds Hold a Key to Renewable Energy Finance 1 May 2014

European Investment Bank invests in French renewables 2 May 2014

EU looks to remove barriers for sustainable investment in ‘blue economy’ 8 May 2014

DECC announces which technologies will compete for initial CfDs 13 May 2014

Ensuring value for money and maintaining investment in renewable energy 13 May 2014

Up to GBP 3 Mln to Become Available for UK Offshore Wind O&M Innovation 16 May 2014

£3.5m pot for Scottish renewables 21 May 2014

Cornwall’s growing marine renewables sector receives £24m funding 21 May 2014

UK Green Investment Bank Aims to Spend $1.2 Billion This Year 22 May 2014

RCUK commits £14m to UK Energy Research Centre 29 May 2014



Sustainable barnacle-repelling paint could help the shipping industry and the environment 1 May 2014

First Floating Wind Turbine in Germany to Get EUR 5.25 Mln 1 May 2014

Coda Octopus Develops 3D Sonar for ROVs and AUVs 1 May 2014

Fécamp OWF to Feature Seatower’s Gravity Foundation 8 May 2014

New techniques for foundation installation reduce cost of offshore wind farm 9 May 2014

Foundation piles for Luchterduinen Wind Farm: Innovative new design for offshore installation process 12 May 2014

Wave Powered Pods Could Adorn Beirut’s Coast 12 May 2014

SSAB, Hexicon to Optimize Steel for Offshore Wind Platforms 12 May 2014

High-flying turbine produces more power 15 May 2014

Wind-Powered Water Injection System Key To DNV GL's Oil Recovery Concept 20 May 2014

Fusion Marine and the H2OCEAN project 22 May 2014

GE has surgical technique to power up wind blades 27 May 2014

Eco Wave Power Awarded at Mixiii 2014 27 May 2014

FoundOcean Offers Operators Offshore Trials of Its MGP Units 27 May 2014

KIC InnoEnergy Issues Report on Future Offshore Wind Power Costs 27 May 2014

Swivel solution for tidal turbine 27 May 2014

Game-changing wind foundation 28 May 2014

VIDEO: Corrosion Develops System for Offshore Wind Turbines 29 May 2014


Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

Fiji Eyes Ocean Thermal Energy 16 May 2014




Report details 99% public support for Scottish marine protected areas 3 May 2014

UK’s Renewable Projects Already Hit 2020 Target, REF Says 7 May 2014

North East Fife Councillors Advised to Support Inch Cape Wind Farm 7 May 2014

Navitus Bay to Reimburse Local Companies’ Losses 7 May 2014

Navitus Bay Application Accepted 8 May 2014

Bournemouth: Mixed Feelings about Navitus Bay 12 May 2014

Clare County Council Approves Renewable Energy Resources Strategy 13 May 2014

Navitus Bay Development Consent Application registration period for interested parties now open 13 May 2014

Navitus Bay Application Documents 13 May 2014

Second Stage of Rhiannon OWF Consultation Extended 20 May 2014

Crown Estate Looking for New Developer of 99MW Blyth Offshore Wind Project 20 May 2014

Forewind under microscope 28 May 2014



French Gvt Wants Areva to Acquire Alstom’s Wind Unit 9 May 2014

Ireland to unveil energy future 9 May 2014

DECC ‘deepening UK uncertainty’ 13 May 2014

Insight_E Project Launched to Advise EU Commission on Energy Policy 16 May 2014

Australia Renewable Target Cuts Would Deter Investment, Say Manufacturers 19 May 2014

EWEA: EU Commission Neglects Renewables as Key Option for Energy Independence 28 May 2014


Renewable energy

Economic impact study details opportunity for UK offshore renewables 1 May 2014

UK, Scottish Governments Explore Renewables Potential of Scottish Islands 7 May 2014

DECC Releases Proposals for Renewable Energy Support 13 May 2014

Renewables the solution to UK’s critical fossil fuel shortage – report 16 May 2014

Team gameplan on Atlantic marine 20 May 2014

Securing the UK’s Offshore Lead 27 May 2014

Cooperation for marine renewable energy 29 May 2014


Tidal energy

OpenHydro and Alderney Renewable Energy forge joint to develop tidal array 1 May 2014

Atlantis, Lenhydroproject to Develop Tidal Power Projects in Australia 6 May 2014

Nautricity Deploys Its Tidal Device at EMEC 9 May 2014

On the verge of commercially viable tidal energy 10 May 2014

FORCE to Update Parrsboro’s Public on Tidal Energy Project 16 May 2014

Scots Yell about world-first tidal 21 May 2014

France Moves Forward with Pilot Tidal Energy Development 22 May 2014

Nautricity Gets Approval for Mull of Kintyre Tidal Development 23 May 2014

EMEC trials for Nautricity device 27 May 2014


Wave energy

Pelamis Wave Power Eyeing Loch Eriboll as O&M Base 2 May 2014

Zhong Hui Ming to Deploy Wave Energy Device Off Fujian Coast 12 May 2014

MMO: Seatricity’s Device May Lead to First Major Wave Energy Array 13 May 2014

Marine Harvest’s salmon farm to test wave energy device 23 May 2014


Wind energy

DoE Selects Three Offshore Wind Demo Projects 7 May 2014

Danes talk shop on 450MW 9 May 2014

Results of Invitation to Tender for Offshore Wind Farms: GDF SUEZ, EDP Renewables, Neoen Marine

and AREVA Awarded Tréport and the Isles of Yeu and Noirmoutier 12 May 2014

Kincardine Reveals 50MW Floating Project 16 May 2014

Germany and Netherlands Unite Forces for Offshore Wind 22 May 2014

A new concept to improve power production performance of wind turbines in a wind farm 23 May 2014

German Wind Industry Leaders: Why Energiewende Works, And Offshore Is Growing Up 23 May 2014

RenewableUK hails new study which unlocks over 1,000 megawatts of wind energy 29 May 2014

BorWin1 shutdown hits Bard 30 May 2014


Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, drones and robots

Deep blue engineering introduces the Shuttle Sub 1 May 2014

UK-funded Ocean Robot Development 6 May 2014

Drones monitor shoreline in Italy 16 May 2014

New ROVs for Specialist Subsea Services 22 May 2014

USV Powered by Renewable Energy 27 May 2014

Toward smarter underwater drones 30 May 2014